K is for King of kings

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter K

King of kings is a name of God.  It appears in Paul’s first letter to Timothy (1 Timothy 6:15) and has been made famous in Handel’s oratorio, The Messiah, where it is part of the Hallelujah Chorus.

King of the Jews is another name of Jesus.  The wise men from the east enquired, “Where is the one, who has been born King of the Jews?”  Matthew 2:1-2

Pontius Pilate wrote it on a sign, which was placed above Jesus’ head on the cross.  It was the charge against him, which led to his crucifixion.  Matthew 27:37

There are many passages in the Old Testament, which look forward to a great King.  There are promises made by God to King David, psalms and prophesies pointing towards a future King.  Matthew’s Gospel emphasises the kingship of Jesus.

Kyrie is the Greek word for Lord.  It is most famously used in the Kyrie eleison, which is part of the liturgy (words used in a service).  It is used in many musical settings of the Requiem Mass and in English translation in the service of Holy Communion in many Churches.   Requiem masses are part of the Christian tradition, but many parts of the Church do not pray for the dead.  Personally, I prefer to pray for the bereaved and to give thanks for those who have gone before.

Kyrie eleison,
Christe eleison,
Kyrie eleison.

Or in translation:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

This is a prayer addressed first to God, the Father, then to Jesus Christ and finally to God, the Holy Spirit.

As people, who make mistakes, we all all deserve punishment and need God’s forgiveness and mercy, which is available to us.

2 Timothy 1:9

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6 thoughts on “K is for King of kings

  1. Jewish blessings all begin: Blessed are you, oh Lord, King of the universe…. (At least that’s how I’ve seen it translated, although when I think of it, it should be: King of the world.)

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